Many years ago (about 25-27 years ago), I decided to stop using the traditional names for the Saviour and utilize the Hebrew names (Y'shua, ehYah-huweh). You would have thought that I talked about someone's Mama!!! Even those individuals who were not particularly religious felt, believed that I had some how abandoned the faith.
I so wanted to tell them that it took months of research, going to libraries that had large sections of religious material. It wasn't a snap decision. I wasn't doing this for myself, I was also doing this for my child who at the time was nine years old.
Was I alienated from friends and family? Sad to admit but yes!
The years have taught me that one day you may stand alone: parents do pass away, friends, family members and associates can and do move on.
Was it worth it? Yes! I had a questions that no one was able to answer for me: what did the Israelite of the time of EXODUS have and why didn't I have it?
What made my faith different than theirs.
Who did they call and why was I calling on someone different (there were several prominent notations in the scripture about the importance of HIS NAME; for HIS NAME sake and yet, it was different.
DID it make a difference? Yes, to me it did. If this is a contractual agreement embodied in HIS NAME, would there be changes (voiding of those terms) if the contract (NAME) changed? How can an individual be held to its terms if changes occurred?
When you are in danger or in a less than savoury place, when you can on that name, do you get a proper response (honestly)? Or even if you are not aware of the danger, does the GRACE MODE kick in?
If you don't or more precisely, you feel your prayers are not answered, could this be the reason or do you "blow it off" by saying to yourself: "He never lays more burdens (on us) than we can bear."
I have always felt that ones faith is personal and there are occasions when one needs to "mind ones own spiritual business" but the Bible does state to prove ALL things... and you know the rest.